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9 Awful Cultural Figures Who Would Go Away If We Ignored Them

Yes, Ann Coulter wrote a ridiculous column about how the World Cup is an insult to American values, and no, I’m not going to link it here. The really remarkable thing about this whole sorry affair, which has been stinking up social media for the last couple of days, is that anyone still cares what Ann Coulter think. She’s the perfect example of someone who’s only in any way renowned because people pay attention to her for being an extremist; if people stopped giving her airtime, she would melt back into richly deserved obscurity. Like the rest of people on this list! Begone, all of you! … Read More

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10 Career-Changing Music Moments in the Last 10 Years of TV

In the early 2000s, TV went through a transformation to become a medium capable of artistic achievement on par with film. The power of television has not always been harnessed when it comes to music, but the change in TV coincided with its emergence as a platform as powerful as radio in breaking new artists to the masses. Today the game continues, with music supervisors being courted by labels as much, if not more, than tastemaking rock writers. The power of TV is such that it can both break new artists and reinvent old hits like “Baby Blue” and “Don’t Stop Believin'” for new generations. And so, we’ve put together a list of ten music moments on TV in the last ten years that were not only memorable, but that actually altered an artist’s… Read More

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Flavorwire Interview: ‘The Read’ Hosts Kid Fury and Crissle West Talk Race, Miley Cyrus, ‘Scandal,’ and Who They Want More (and Less) of in 2014

The zeitgeist is a product of the voices that contribute to it. Those that manage to be heard over the quotidian clatter of contemporary society are those most uniquely positioned to influence their times. Kid Fury and Crissle West are laying the foundation for just that. Their pop-culture podcast The Read is a deft and hilariously over-the-top commentary on the people whose names are, for better or worse, a part of our everyday lives. … Read More

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Why Is No One Talking About the Fact That Chris Brown Was Raped?

As part of the promotional efforts for his new album, X, Chris Brown gave a long interview to the Guardian‘s Decca Aitkenhead, which was published over the weekend. Perhaps the most startling revelation in the piece was this: Chris Brown lost his virginity at age eight. Eight. Years. Old. Here in America, we call that “sexual assault.” If the quote came from any other famous entertainer, you’d imagine it’d be everywhere by Monday morning. And in a way, it is — but only as part of the ongoing narrative of sinking the boot into Chris Brown at every opportunity. … Read More

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Who Owns Aaliyah’s Legacy?

This week, Chris Brown became the latest musician to use Aaliyah’s image for own his work. The video for his single “Don’t Think They Know” attempts to act simultaneously as a preachy depiction of LA gang violence and as a tribute to the late singer, who appears in hologram form. The song also samples vocals from a previously unheard Aaliyah track, making this the second time in a year that an artist has gotten his hands on her unreleased songs. Last August, producer Noah “40” Shebib and Drake put out a song she recorded before her death called “Enough Said” as an official release with an added verse by Drake. You wouldn’t think it’d be so easy to get the rights to never-before-heard material from a highly regarded R&B icon. It invites an important question: Who is approving all of this? … Read More

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When Celebrities Sue Celebrities: A History

The news that Donald Trump is dropping — for now, anyway! — his monumentally stupid (even for him) lawsuit against Bill Maher may be good for the humorless blowhard and reality TV star, but it’s disappointing for late-night comedy writers and celeb jurisprudence fans. C’mon, admit it: that would’ve been a fun trial, if for nothing else than Maher’s testimony. At any rate, while we’re waiting to see if Trump holds true on his threat to return to the matter at a later date, here’s a look back at other instances of celebrities — real and C-list — who’ve taken each other to court. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. “It was a weird, confusing space to be in, because as angry as I was, as angry and hurt and betrayed, I just felt like he made that mistake because he needed help and who’s going to help him? Nobody’s going to say he needs help. Everybody’s going to say he’s a monster without… Read More

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These Are the Bands That Make You Totally Undateable

A couple of weeks back, our esteemed literary editor Emily Temple surveyed the books that might make you beat a hasty retreat if you saw them on a potential date’s bookshelf, or in their handbag. The post got plenty of heated comments, and it also got us thinking about the other place you might look to snoop on a date’s cultural credentials: their record collection (or, failing that, their iPod.) And so, as we did for books, we asked around Flavorpill central to find out which artists might, if discovered on a potential date’s playlist, put an end to that date pretty damn quickly. We received plenty of responses, and the entirely personal, subjective, and often hotly debated results await after the jump. … Read More

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